View full programme: HFEA Retrospective
Following the passage of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill in October 2008, the ESRC Genomics Forum organised a 'retrospective' conference examining the nature of the public debate leading up to the Act, and how this debate influenced the policy-making process.
An event report by science writer Pamela Readhead is available here: Conscience or consultation? A commentary on the event by Richard Brown, BioCentre, is also available: HFE Act: A year on
Introduction Listen to Audio File: Introduction by Dr Christine Knight
Steps Toward an Act
Dr Katy Berry - Department of HealthListen to Audio File: Dr Katy Berry View Powerpoint slides: Katy Berry's presentation slidesKaty Berry's presentation slides (PDF, 150 KB)
Democracy in Practice
Phil Willis MP - Chair of the Innovation, Universities, Science & Skills Select CommitteeListen to Audio File: Phil Willis MP View Powerpoint slides: Phil Willis's presentation slides
Professor Phil Cowley - University of NottinghamListen to Audio File: Professor Phil Cowley View Powerpoint slides: not available
Sarah Norcross - Progress Educational Trust Listen to Audio File: Sarah Norcross View Powerpoint Slides: Sarah Norcross's presentation slides
Coalitions, Campaigns and Turning Points
Dr Stephen Minger - King's College, London Listen to Audio File: Dr Stephen Minger View Powerpoint Slides: Stephen Minger's presentation slides
Fiona Fox - Science Media Centre Listen to Audio File: Fiona Fox View Powerpoint Slides: Fiona Fox's presentation slides
Dr Calum MacKellar Listen to Audio File: Dr Calum MacKellar View Powerpoint Slides: not applicable
Social Science PerspectivesListen to Audio File: Introduction by Professor Steve Yearley
Dr Joan Haran - Cardiff University Listen to Audio File: Dr Joan Haran View Powerpoint Slides: Joan Haran's presentation slides
Dr Nik Brown - University of York Listen to Audio File: Dr Nik Brown View Powerpoint Slides: Nik Brown's presentation slides
The 2008 Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act was a landmark in national scientific decision-making, covering emotive and controversial issues such as the creation of human admixed embryos and 'saviour siblings'. The majority of the legislation takes effect in October 2009, but new parenthood provisions for same-sex couples came into force on 6 April. Read more about changes to parenthood law.
A related policy engagement event was held at the National Assembly for Wales on 19 May 2009, organised by Cesagen: Discussing Stem Cell Research in Context
The Retrospective was funded via the ESRC Social Science Stem Cell Initiative, and took place during the ESRC Festival of Social Science 2009.